How much does it cost?

If you qualify, there is no cost.

How do I qualify?

The best way to find out is to submit an application. You can do this by going to the apply page.

What are the next steps after I qualify?

Once we determine you are qualified, the next steps are: a student interview, Saturday Workshop test drive, and finally a parent and student interview. If all goes well, you will be offered an opportunity to join the MSS family.

Can I speak with other scholars to find out about the program?

Yes, we would be happy to put you in touch with program scholars to learn more about the program. You can also take a look at our Scholar Voices webpage.

I saw something on the website about a Test Drive. What is that?

A Test Drive is an opportunity to attend a Saturday Workshop and meet the scholars, see what we do, and see if it for you. In order to Test Drive, you must first apply. Attending a Test Drive does not obligate you to join the program.

What grade do I have to be in?

MSS is a high school program, so ninth grade or higher. However, you can apply Spring of your 8th grade year. Since there is limited space available, applying early is advisable.

Do I need good grades?

The short answer is 'Yes'. Most of our scholars have a 3.0 GPA or better. However, this is only one of the factors - drive, determination, motivation, and commitment are also critical to success in the program.

What subjects are covered in tutoring?

We tutor in Math and English. In addition, there are always other scholars taking the same courses that can help. We're a family and help each other.

Is tutoring mandatory?

No. Tutoring is optional. However, many of our scholars take advantage of tutoring to get extra help, work on homework assignments, and hangout with other scholars.

Do I need a separate computer?

Once you are accepted into the program, you will be loaned a Google Chromebook to access your MSS account for assignments, Google tools, and communication. If you leave the program, you must return the Chromebook.

Does MSS meet year round?

The normal program runs during the school year. However, there is an optional summer program each year.

What if I have a job or play team sports?

Tuesday and Thursday after school tutoring is not mandatory, but we meet every other Saturday and you are expected to attend. Scholars who have more than 2 unexcused absences per semester will be placed on probation and/or may be asked to leave the program.

Will I get help applying to college?


Will I get help with FAFSA, financial aid, and scholarships?


How are Talbot Mentors and Mid-Shore Scholars related to each other?

As of February 1, 2020, we have merged our operations. While our overall goal is common ... helping young people in our community, our missions are different.

The mission of Talbot Mentors is to work to ensure that all young people in Talbot County have the opportunity to mature into engaged and productive members of their communities.

The mission of MSS is to engage highly motivated students to help them enroll and graduate from four-year colleges with minimal financial loans.

I'm interested in helping the Mid-Shore Scholars program. How can I 'pay it forward'?

If you're interested in donating time or financial resources you can contact Vivian Landau at (908-337-4411 cell/text) or visiting our DONATE page. You can choose to donate money towards a Chromebook, Campus Tours, Cultural Events, Books, or any amount you feel comfortable with.